Are you worried you are being underpaid? If you suspect you’re paid less than you should be, and the signs are all there, don’t sit back and let it happen. Take action. Immediately. Here are tips on what to do. 

  1. Make sure you’re really underpaid
  2. Surf salary sites for facts
  3. Determine your market value
  4. Begin to explore options in the marketplace
  5. Raise the issue with your employer
  6. Approach your boss months before raise decisions are made
  7. Prepare for the conversation
  8. Share your success
  9. Ask for more than what you want
  10. Be kind but firm
  11. Don’t make threats
  12. Don’t mention personal needs
  13. Anticipate setbacks
  14. If your company cannot offer you a raise, consider negotiating more vacation days
  15. Know your plan if the answer is “no”
  16. Be willing to walk away
  17. Update your resume
  18. If your choice is to quit, then leave on good terms
  19. And remember: More pay does not make the wrong job worth doing

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